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Annette Bentley Smith
Annette Bentley Smith is a Georgia-born children’s book author of fictitious, realistic books for children ages 0-12. She’s the wife of a jack of all trades, the mother of two young adults, and the grandmother of a beautiful and bright little girl. Her grand doll Melody Rayne is now her latest and greatest inspiration for her stories.
With experience managing great loss and great recovery, Pierce J. Brooks is an empowerment speaker, coach and confidant giving practical solutions for people and teams to find meaning and inspiration from trauma. As a former college athlete, Pierce was pressured to excel in basketball, ultimately playing at the Division I level.
The Google dependency of the world
The world always assumes that Google services will be there from Gmail and YouTube to online storage search and smart homes. We take it for granted. Each hour, YouTube has 30,000 hours of videos uploaded.
Black In Business: Engineer and Entrepreneur - Lincoln W. Daniel
Just like the others, I am inspired by many entrepreneurial people in the Black community. I believe that Black entrepreneurs, inventors, and creators are under-represented in the business community and society.
It was going to be another windy day Beatrice sighed as she closed the trunk of her car and turned towards the direction of the beach. After almost three years in the community treasure hunting club, it seemed that she was the only one left to uncover any sort of prize. With her new metal detector sitting patiently inside the large case, Beatrice hoped that today would be the day she discovered at least an old coin or an antique locket. Similar trinkets had been found recently by her good friends Evangeline and Iris. They were always finding new things along the shore but this was a new beach and to Beatrice, that meant new possibilities.
I just moved to New York City. Unpacking was crazy. I would take a box one by one and turn it upside down on my bed and put everything away. Upon opening the third box, my old diary flew out. My little black book. Wow! I couldn’t believe it. My father bought me this for my eighth birthday. The same day I became vegan. He also gave me a check for $20,000 post dated for ten years. He said if I was still vegan in ten years I can cash it. I had forgotten on my eighteenth birthday I cashed the check and hid the money in my diary. Money was flying everywhere. Instead of continuing to unpack I took a stack of bills and took a walk and discovered a new vegan restaurant. Everything was new to me, it was New York City and my first day there! I bought twenty vegan cheese enchiladas. As I walked down the street I offered one to every door man I walked past. I said hello and mentioned I was new to the area. They gracefully accepted my vegan treat and were interesting in finding out more about veganism. Veganism isn’t a cult. We are just a group of people either for health or ethical reasons don’t want to eat animals. I was happy to be out, talking to people, sharing some food. My mother taught me food tastes better when you share it. I have always hated eating alone, and have always loved sharing food.
A Million and Seven Ways to Live
Twenty grand could change a life. At least depending on where I was for the moment and assuming I could keep the money over the time hops. But the sign had been here for a week. The games and challenges had changed with every jump, yet the poster stayed. Always said twenty grand.
From Trash To Treasure
The pounding at the door woke Bruce up. Pounding that was only slightly louder than the ringing in his ears. Apparently, he has overindulged, overslept, and is probably the housekeeper knocking. As he tried to clear his head, Bruce started to remember that he was staying at the Kahlo Hotel, has a new album due in three months, and needed to get to the studio in London.
A Twenty-Thousand Dollar Tale
I remember a time not so long ago, or maybe it was… sorry my memory has faded over the years, but I remember a time when I was wanted by all. I mean, let me tell you, I was the topic of discussion everywhere! All the popular crowds raved about me, and all the undesirables tried their damndest to shut me up. Maybe it was because I was so blunt, so…exciting, so full of promise, and Lord I had been known in my day to fulfill those dark submissive promises, sometimes within a minute and others within a day or two.
LGBTQ+ characters on our screens changed my life!
Representation of the LGBTQ+ community, not only on our screens but also in music, in theatre, in literature, in the media, feels more present than ever before. But it’s still not enough. ‘Netflix is going through a gay phase,’ is a comment I heard recently. As though it's something temporary and will pass. Here is why we are only just scratching the surface on LGBTQ+ representation.
An Innovating Inventor: George Washington Carver
As an innovating inventor, George Washington Carver was an agricultural researcher, agronomic chemist, and mycologist (an individual who works with fungi, living organisms, molds, yeast, and mushrooms), just to mention a few of his many talents. Mr. Carver created hundreds of products using (groundnuts) peanuts (Mr. Carver cultivated a style of peanut butter, but did not invent it, as he is often credited), sweet potatoes, and soybeans. Mr. Carver is credited with helping alter the agricultural market of the South. For the majority of his career, he educated and researched at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, now named Tuskegee University located in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Tristan Tzara: The Tsar of Dadaism
As a theatre practitioner, it is crucial that I know my ABC’s of art history. Despite certain practices focusing on paper-and-paint techniques rather than performance, I tend to find inspiration from past artists’ previous work 99.9% of the time. After all, nothing that we have today just appeared from scratch. From the newfound fame of Minimalism to the influential feminist art movement that stormed the world, these ideologies were explored throughout history in their unique ways within set historical environments. A combination of time, the events in history at said time, and environment, what the world was like for these artists to work in, allowed these ideas to emerge, developed, and distributed across the globe, prompting their official establishments. Everything that surrounds us has its roots and has gone through endless periods of trial and error experimentation, inspiration from some of the most influential artists in the world, and world-altering events, such as world wars, natural disasters and tyrannical rulers.